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Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1307

Ah, but it won't be the "Old" /. until we have CmdrTaco. Cowboy Neil, Hot Grits, First Posts, the Caveman, and "imagining a Beowulf cluster of these" BTW, that User ID is my second - Lost the ID and password to the first in a ISP change LONG ago

Sigh, back in the era when /. was THE site, and I used to show up first thing every day

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Linux Mint 17.3 Officially Released (softpedia.com) 109

prisoninmate sends news that Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" has been officially released. Following a few technical problems with their website, the Mint developers posted release announcements for both the Cinnamon and MATE flavors of the operating system. "Both Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" editions ship with the same improvements for some of the operating system's core components and in-house built apps, such as Software Sources, which is now more reliable, responsive, and fast, Update Manager, which can perform more checks, Driver Manager, which is now more robust, and Login Screen." Here are the release notes (Cinnamon, MATE), and the summaries of new features (Cinnamon, MATE).

Comment Re:"Cents per gigabyte" (Score 1) 272

Mine was for an AT&T 7300, aka "Unix PC". I worked at AT&T during those years; there were 6300s everywhere. If you knew the right people and were on good terms with your boss, you could get a 7300 on your desk (until they discontinued them, at which point all the employees snapped them up at a deep discount). I remember that the biggest 6300 full-towers practically needed a pallet jack to lift.

Comment Re:No surprise... (Score 1) 406

I too had an original IBM PC (Model 5051) running in 1992. I wrote the code on it in the 1985 or so timeframe. It didn't do anything fancy, but did talk to a special board (a particular IEEE-488 card from CEC). It worked. It worked EVERY day. It did what it was supposed to do. We had a 386 doing the same exact thing one desk over, but why change it? The literally 10+ lbs of paperwork to make the change (did I mention it was doing stuff for the .MIL) wasn't worth it. If/when it died, we'd replace it with current hardware, and start the paperwork. I left in 1992, and from what I heard, when the company closed in 1993 or 1994 (owners retired) it was still working at the new company. Sometimes good enough is good enough

Comment Re:There's still the pollution thing (Score 1) 216

Yes, totally. That's why the box changed the world. Break bulk, even on pallets was a bear to unload, and a ship would be in port a LONG time, and the ships were relatively small. Today, the 10000 TEU sip I quoted at 100 tons fuel/day is actually small. You are seeing ships up at 18000 TEU and 125 tons/day. These ship are the reason the Panama canal is being rebuilt, NY Harbor has been dredged deeper, the Bayone bridge in NJ is being raised (to get to the slips in NJ)
One of the real ISSUES they don't bring up, with the trade imbalance, many more containers come INTO the US than go out. What do you do with the empties? In general, what happens is the best are reused to ship stuff out, Some are sold (there are a reason you see the ads for buying containers) and the rest? Cut up for scrap, and shipped back to China as scrap steel!
BTW - this is the place I had applied and didn't get the gig back, oh 3-4 years ago - read about the automation

Comment Re:biking from China to USA (Score 1) 216

Go on the shipping lines web sites and get the quotes on times and cost (automated tools) about $1200 to move one container from China to the US, with $950 of it is the Ocean rate, and a time estimate of 15 days.
18 Knots = 20MPH
look at
I looked at
I believe it was
Changzhou, China to
Seatle Wa

which is a distance of 5900 miles - or 12.3 days at 18 knots
BTW - did you do the math on shipping the shirts? less than 4 cents each (about 3.6 cents)

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